Antonello da Messina at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Italian painter. Born in Messina, Sicily, and trained in Naples, then a cosmopolitan art center, he studied the Flemish artists, notably J. van Eyck. He introduced oil painting into Venetian art. His major works were altarpieces and portraits. In Venice he executed the San Cassiano altarpiece, of which three fragments remain. His portrait busts in three-quarter view, combining Flemish detail with Italian grandeur, became fashionable. See also Venetian school.